A personalised gondola for Fanny Smith

To say that Fanny Smith's 2018-2019 season was spectacular would be an understatement. The athlete from Villars (in Vaud) breezed through the Ski Cross events and finished the winter holding up a second Cristal Globe.

Last Friday, the town of Villars, a host site of the next Winter Youth Olympic Games, gave a proper celebration to «their» champion, who is also an Olympic medallist and two-time world champion, by unveiling a gondola with her portrait on it.

«It's a very special moment, a childhood dream» the young woman said to the quotidien 24 Heures newspaper. «This is where I grew up, where I learned to ski. To see that my career is recognised at home is really heart-warming. Villars is where I come from, I love this place. You're close to the plains, the panorama is unique, you can go on amazing hikes…»

This ambassador of Lausanne 2020 and member of its Athlete's Council, explains what the Youth Olympic Games bring to the region:

Photo: ©Jean-Christophe Pachoud